B.A.&Sc. Freshman Program (4-year degree)

Help Line for Newly Admitted B.A. & Sc. students (2019-2020)

Tel: 514-398-5442
Hours: Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Steps to Beginning Your Degree Successfully:

The table below contains the list of steps to follow for course selection, advising, and registration. Please read the information carefully.

These dates are provided for your convenience. Please consult the complete list of Important Dates for details and to check for updates.

Important: All newly admitted Science students must complete our on-line course approval form. You can register before receiving approval, but you must have your selection of courses approved by August 14, 2019.

Inform Yourself: June 1 - September 1

Read all our information on the B.A. & B.Sc. Freshman program requirements. Additional information is available by consulting our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Advanced standing

Newly admitted students may receive advanced standing for university work completed elsewhere, or in another faculty at McGill, or for results in International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Levels, Advanced Placement tests or the Diploma in Collegial Studies.

It is essential that you know if you will be granted credit and course exemption for work completed elsewhere as you will not be given additional credit towards your degree for any McGill course where the content overlaps substantially with any other course for which you have already received credit, such as for advanced standing results.

For information about advanced standing credits as a result of the tests mentioned above, please refer to the following: advanced standing and Science placement exams

If you have completed university work elsewhere, please ensure that you include this information in the freshman on-line Course Approval form (available in early June), that you will be submitting to your Faculty adviser, as listed further below. Your adviser will be able to inform you about possible course equivalences and exemptions from your freshman program requirements.

Advising: June 1 - September 17

From the beginning of term (June until the end of the drop/add period in September our team of academic advisers in the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) Office will be available in a variety of ways (see below) to provide you with information and answer your questions. We provide service all year, but our schedule may change periodically.

If, after reading the information in the e-Calendar and on our web site, you need clarification or you have questions of an advising nature, contact us at newstudentadvising.science (please include your full name and McGill ID number in your email).

When e-mailing the advisers, please include your name and student number in the subject line. Make sure to use your McGill email address, which should be activated as soon as you confirm that you will be coming to McGill. Please read the following information about McGill's new email policy, e-mail communication with students

Allow at least seven business days for the advisers to respond to your questions. You will receive a response. Please do not send your questions to other people in the university as this will slow the advising process and result in longer delays for you and all other students.

Sometime after the end of June you will receive the contact information for an individual adviser in the SOUSA Office who will be your resource person until you graduate.

Course Selection: June 1 - September 17

Select your courses for both the Fall and Winter terms using the e-Calendar and the class schedule on Minerva. Don't forget to select the Fall 2019 or Winter 2020 term.

Keep in mind that the "normal" course load is four or five courses (12-15 credits) per term. We do not recommend that you take more than 15 credits in your first term.

Course Approval: June 1 - September 1

All newly admitted B.A. & Sc students must complete our on-line Course Approval Form. Please note that you can register before receiving approval, but you must have your selection of courses approved by mid-August.

Registration: June 14 - September 17

Use Minerva to register for the courses which the adviser has approved. New students have until August 14, 2019 to register for at least one course in order to avoid late registration penalties.

Should you experience any difficulties registering, please call Service Point (514-398-7878), or drop by their office (3415 McTavish St). Also, please refer to Tips on handling registration problems.

When you have registered, don't forget to activate your McGill e-mail account. Please read Welcome to McGill for details. As of the end of course change period, all e-mail from your adviser will be sent only to your McGill e-mail account.

Discover McGill (Orientation): Tuesday, August 27

Attend McGill's day-long, university-wide orientation. It is a day of exciting activities designed to familiarize you with the University.

Advising Sessions: August 22 - August 30

SOUSA Advising for Newly Admitted Students: Advisers will be on hand to personally advise newly admitted students about their course selection for the coming year and answer any specific questions or concerns students may have.  All new freshman students should attend the Freshman Program information session prior to meeting with an advisor. 

Freshman Program Information Session: 
BA&Sc Info Session
To be announced

Academic Advising:

Thursday, August 22nd and Friday, August 23rd
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dawson Hall, 4th Floor, Room 405

Monday, August 26th
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dawson Hall, 4th Floor, Room 405

Tuesday, August 27th
Discover McGill Day - no advising

Wednesday, August 28th
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts Building, Rom 150

Thursday, August 29th
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts Building, Rom 150

Friday, August 30th
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Dawson Hall, 4th Floor, Room 405

Course Change Approval: September 3 - September 17

Weekdays [10 a.m. - 4 p.m.]

Only after you have registered you will be able to use Minerva to make changes to your course selection. You can obtain an adviser's approval for your course changes at the SOUSA Office in Dawson Hall, 4th Floor, Room 405.

Continued Advising: After Course Change Period

You will be receiving an e-mail (towards the end of June) from an adviser in the Faculty of Science who will be your resource person until you graduate. Your adviser will send you emails at intervals during the first year. Make sure you read them carefully as they will contain important information.

If you have questions your adviser will be having drop-in sessions (schedule will be posted in September 2019) throughout the academic year. For more serious issues you can arrange an individual appointment with your adviser. Appointments are done by email with your adviser.  If you have a simple question, you can e-mail your adviser. When e-mailing your adviser, please include your name and student number in the subject line and use your McGill email.  Be aware during busy periods (like the beginning of term) your email may not be answered in a timely fashion. 

Other Sources of Information

You can obtain information on a broad range of topics from other offices at McGill by following the links below. Their e-mail links are also provided in case you have questions after having read the information.